First off, this forum is so freaking awesome! Everyone seems so helpful and nice and it is a gold mine of information.
My girlfriend and I bought tickets on the mega cheap (400.00 round trip) via norweigon air from Austin into London Gatwick. We leave May 14th and return the 25th out of the same airport. This is the first time we have planned an international, multi-country trip by ourselves, so we are trying to lean on the experience and suggestions of others as much as possible. We know we want to go to Poland and Slovenia for sure. They appealed greatly to us after reading about how they are off the beaten path for most tourist, the people are nice, the countries are just as, if not more beautiful than more popular western European countries and the fact that they are somewhat affordable for people looking to travel modestly, but also comfortably, if possible.
Slovenia appealed most to me for all the hiking/ outdoor activities it has to offer. Poland is something my girlfriend really wants to see. I think it would also be interesting given all of its history. We are both 27, active and not into partying or drinking. After reading many of the posts here, I am not sure if it is wise for us to attempt to add another country onto our trip. We don't want to bite off more than we can chew, however we also do not want to sell ourselves short on as an amazing of an experience as possible. Given that we have these two destinations in mind, what would yall's suggestions be? I have noticed in looking at plane tickets, getting to these places from London isn't necessarily cheap, especially Poland to Slovenia or London to Slovenia. Any suggestions on that topic would also be greatly appreciated.
We want to see as much as possible while on this trip and we would especially like to take advantage of all the natural beauty these places have to offer. Where in Slovenia would be the best place to stay to easily access the hiking and mountains, but still allow us to not worry about having to find food and restaurants easily? Do y'all have any particular names of places for us to lodge? What should we expect to be paying per day for lodging and food for both of these countries. Should we rent a car since we want to do a lot of exploring and adventuring.
I have read about the capital city of Ljubljana and I think it would be nice to stay there at least one night to get a feel for the city and it's people. We were also looking at going to Bovec, since it looked like it offered some white water kyakiing or rafting. After reading about the last few peoples experiences with it, I am not sure if it is worth it. What is y'alls take?
For Poland, we were looking at going to Krakow, but as of right now, that is all we have figured out for there. We will want to go to Auschwitz for sure. We were considering taking a train from Krakow to Prague and then flying from Prague to Ljublijana. Someone told us it is a very cool experience to take that train ride. The train thing is something my girlfriend brought up, so I have no idea what it would be like.
Thanks again for all this wonderful info!